16.9.10

Book Review: A Weekend With Mr Darcy by Victoria Connelly

Katherine Roberts is fed up. As a lecturer specialising in the works of Jane Austen, she has come to realise that her ideal man only exists within the pages of Pride and Prejudice.
Austen fanatic, Robyn Love, is blessed with a name full of romance, but her life is far from perfect. Stuck in a rut with a bonehead boyfriend, she longs for an escape.
They both head to the annual Jane Austen conference, hoping to cast their troubles away. But as the chaos ensues, it seems as Austen weekend wouldn't be complete without a little intrigue and romance along the way...
I completely fell in love with this book. I am not an Austen fanatic but I am certainly a fan and this lovely book has made me want to dust off all my old copies and dive into the world of Austen all over again.
A Weekend With Mr Darcy revolves around two women, Katherine Roberts and Robyn Love. They are two very different women but they soon become friends and share a love and passion for everything Austen.
Dame Pamela Harcourt owns Purley Hall which is where the conference takes place, she was my favourite character; she is an old-school actress, complete with the grand entrances, dripping with jewels and full of pearls of wisdom.
All of the characters in this book are either lovely or highly entertaining. Given that the book is only set over one long weekend, we get to know the majority of them very well.
Victoria Connelly makes many references to Jane Austen's books and characters throughout so I think you would get the most from this if you have read at least a couple of Austen's books.
I know that this is a book that I shall read again in the future. I would highly recommend it, especially if you are an Austen fan and have the occasional dream about Mr Darcy!

A Weekend With Mr Darcy is published today, many thanks to Avon for sending me a copy to review.

9 comments:

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

What a great review! This seems to be such a lovely book, with a slightly new take on Austen-like romance. I need to check it out. Thanks for sharing!

P.S. When I only read the title, "A Weekend with Mr Darcy", my immediate response was, "Where do I sign up?" lol

Dot said...

Irena- I loved this one!! A weekend with Mr Darcy would be very welcome indeed!!

Magemanda said...

Lovely review :-) Have to say, the cover of this one won me over - it's just stunning! I must read it soon!

Kim said...

I will be looking out for this book and place it on the pile with all three I Heart books that arrived with my niece after your recommendations, Dot......will be working my way through those soon, too. Thanks, as always, for a great review.

irisonbooks said...

I'm always hesitant to read a book based in some form or other on the works of Jane Austen, but it's always so hard to resist as well? This one is definitely going on my list..

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Charlie said...

The cover of this looks like the Austen Addict one to me, very confusing! I want to read these Austen-inspired novels sometime but you've answered the thought I had - I don't think I've read enough of the woman herself yet.

One More Page said...

Great review! This is next on my to read pile and sounds like I'll love it.

Dot said...

Charlie- A perfect excuse to read some Austen!!

One More Page- Hope that you enjoy it, will look out for your review!

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